How To Celebrate Walpurgis In Your Back Yard

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How To Celebrate Walpurgis In Your Back Yard

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Glad Valborg! Check out a few ways to celebrate Walpurgis Eve  in your backyard!

Whether you’re warding off evil or simply praising the fact that the weather is getting warmer, here are a few tips, recipes and ideas for hosting a Walpurgis celebration in your own back yard.

The Eats

Spring nights still can be chilly, especially in Sweden. That’s why nettle soup is a popular dish for this celebration and a recipe that serves as a sign of spring. If the weather permits, enjoy a backyard barbeque or a smörgåsbord of Swedish favorites. Here are a few recipes for inspiration:

And for dessert? These sweet and sugary, bite-sized Walpurgis night doughnut holes are sure to be a party favorite.

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The Drinks

From hard ciders, beers, aquavits or whatever wets your whistle, Umgås has you covered. For a sweeter, lighter and fruitier libation, Rekorderlig offers a variety of flavored ciders and a cider finder to help you locate the nearest retailer. In need of something a bit stronger? Create your own flavored spirit with snaps mix infusion kits from Swedish Sweets and More (just add your favorite vodka or aquavit). If you’re more of a beer drinker, Omnipollo has several collaborations with American breweries (see if any are available at a Total Wine near you). Prefer a signature cocktail instead? Here are some fun recipes that will surely impress.

The Setup

No Walpurgis celebration is complete without a bonfire. If you don’t have a fire pit or a space large enough for a tall, roaring bonfire, a Swedish torch will suffice. Its flame is perfect for roasting marshmallows, and it lets off just enough heat to keep guests nice and toasty.

Now throw on some tunes, play a Swedish drinking game or two and you have yourself a backyard celebration to welcome spring!

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